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TV OT: Joyful holiday viewing, plus Netflix celebrates ... going to the movies?
Oh, the weather outside is...pleasant, actually. But I live in Los Angeles. If you don't: Bundle up. It's time for TV OT.

'West Side Story' reimagines the original in Steven Spielberg's vibrant showcase for its stars
The new "West Side Story" doesn't entirely answer the most obvious question, which is why essentially remake a 60-year-old classic. Director Steven Spielberg nevertheless justifies the effort as a dazzling showcase for this generation's talent, in a film whose ties to lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who died last month, adds to its emotional resonance.

Tom Holland and Zendaya joke about doing 'Spider-Man' stunts with their height difference
Tom Holland may play a big-time superhero, but it seems his co-star Zendaya is doing all the heavy lifting.

Taylor Swift sends flowers to Don McLean after song breaks record held by 'American Pie'
Taylor Swift's rerelease of her hit song "All Too Well" has broken the record for the longest song to take the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- and Swift has handled the win with grace.

50 Cent apologizes for mocking Madonna's photos
50 Cent is sorry for poking fun at Madonna.

Alec Baldwin: 'I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never'
In an interview with ABC that aired Thursday, Alec Baldwin shed light on what happened in the moments prior to the fatal shooting on the set of the film "Rust" that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Benedict Cumberbatch's toxic cowboy spurs 'The Power of the Dog' toward awards season
"The Power of the Dog" by writer-director Jane Campion is a western filled with tension and menace in the form of curmudgeonly cowboy Phil Burbank, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

'Single All the Way' is a necessary queer fantasy
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'Harlem' dresses up yet another quartet for success from 'Girls Trip's' writer
On paper, there's nothing particularly new about "Harlem," which focuses on yet another quartet of 30-something women navigating life and love in the big city. But the execution of this Amazon series from "Girls Trip" writer Tracy Oliver lifts it above the norm, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments -- starting with "Get Out: The Musical" -- to go with the soapier ones about relationships and careers.

Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 'Verzuz' battle turns physical
Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Verzuz" battle turned real on Thursday night.

Netflix developing a movie based on friendship that started from an accidental Thanksgiving invite
A text about Thanksgiving dinner that was accidentally sent to a wrong number six years ago has sparked an enduring friendship. Now it's inspiring a film.

Ben Affleck is grateful for second chances, including Jennifer Lopez
Ben Affleck is feeling grateful for the second chances he's received in life, both professionally and in his love life.

'Annie Live!' worked a little too hard but mostly delivered a good-luck night
After last year's "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical" -- a dual threat as both a critical disaster and a ratings flop -- NBC returned to more fertile territory with its latest holiday presentation, "Annie Live!" Incorporating a live audience, the show more closely approximated the energy of a theatrical experience, with its main flaw stemming from trying too hard to please.

'Coming Out Colton' tracks 'The Bachelor' alum Colton Underwood's LGBTQ education
Much like Caitlyn Jenner's coming-out education in "I Am Cait," "The Bachelor" alum Colton Underwood approaches the process of telling the world who he is almost like an anthropologist in the six-part Netflix docuseries "Coming Out Colton." It's a carefully constructed showcase for someone who, like Jenner and her extended family, appears accustomed to life under the camera's watchful eye.

Suspect arrested in shooting death of Jacqueline Avant
A man has been arrested in the shooting death of Jacqueline Avant, philanthropist and wife of music icon Clarence Avant.

Amy Schneider is first trans contestant to qualify for 'Jeopardy!' Tournament of Champions
"Jeopardy!" champion Amy Schneider is making history as the first trans woman to qualify for the show's Tournament of Champions.

Slash on his new album, his relationship with Axl Rose and being a Halloween costume
Slash says the recording of his latest album was "quite an adventure" and "a memorable experience."

Sandra Bullock opens up about partner and parenting on 'Red Table Talk'
Sandra Bullock is pretty private and protective when it comes to her children, but she opened up on the new episode of "Red Table Talk."

Bad Bunny and Olivia Rodrigo topped Spotify streams in 2021
In what may come as no surprise, two names dominated this year in music streaming: Bad Bunny and Olivia Rodrigo.

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Kanye West leads tributes to Virgil Abloh with moving Sunday Service cover of Adele's 'Easy on Me'
Kanye West honored his late friend, barrier-breaking designer Virgil Abloh, by dedicating the latest installment of his Sunday Service series to the cultural icon as tributes poured in from around the music and fashion world.

'Sex and the City' releases first full trailer for new series
And just like that, they're back!

Keith Urban announces North American tour
Keith Urban is getting back on stage.

'Red Notice' is now Netflix's most watched movie of all time
Dwayne Johnson has reason to break out his Teremana and end 2021 with a toast.

'Hawkeye' debuts as Marvel's latest Disney+ show
Marvel might have reached into its quiver once too often with "Hawkeye," at least based on the first two episodes, which offer a slow start tilted more toward the character of Kate Bishop than the titular Clint Barton. Amusing in places, this holiday-themed series makes jokes about trick arrows, but it's going to need a few more tricks up its sleeve.

'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' calls back to the original while adding a teenage twist
In a directorial father-son baton pass from Ivan Reitman to Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is undeniably nostalgic and fairly sweet, while who-ya-gonna-calling directly back to the 1984 original. And yet with its focus on teenage heirs to that legacy, the movie simultaneously feels as much like the Disney Channel version of "Ghostbusters" as a long-delayed sequel.

With ''Encanto,' Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't throwing away his movie shot
Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing his shots, and in 2021, the creator of "Hamilton" has been getting a whole lot of them.

'House of Gucci' doesn't make the most out of its stylish accessories
"House of Gucci" takes a seemingly can't-miss combination of talent and material and produces what feels like the knockoff version of a really grand drama. Lady Gaga and Adam Driver bring buzz to director Ridley Scott's dive into the dysfunctional family behind the fashion empire, but in a movie that doesn't rise to the level of delicious trash, winding up largely defined by its stylish accessories.

'Succession' doesn't miss a beat as its Murdochian family feud continues
Success hasn't spoiled "Succession," as the Emmy-winning drama returns with all its Shakespearean and Murdochian overtones intact, with a bruising father-son battle over its fictional media empire. Stripped of that, the HBO series remains enormously fun, filled with cringe-inducing moments and the kind of vicious insults that would make the writers of "Veep" blush.

'The Sex Lives of College Girls' enrolls another female quartet in a coming-of-age comedy
HBO has a storied history with female quartets, from "Sex and the City" to "Girls." Yet "The Sex Lives of College Girls" carves out its own niche with a distinct voice and plenty of very funny material, capturing four young women from diverse backgrounds thrown together as roommates while coming of age as first-year college students. - Funny News

Gamers prove their metal as rock stars
Jess Hu is a child care provider from Brooklyn, New York, but for 20 hours a week, she's a rock star. That's how much she estimates she plays the video game "Rock Band."

Comedian is living in an Ikea store
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Texas town hopes to become UFO landing spot

Governor's son sells 'Don't Drop the Soap'
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Cops snag lotto ticket from accused drug dealer
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Politician cuts the fat with photo fakery
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